Fourie joins ranks as new kid on the block

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 12 June, 2012, 12:00am


Leading South African jockey Richard Fourie will be the new face on an expatriate riding roster with an otherwise very familiar look about it for the 2012-13 season.

Newcomers from the past two seasons, Australians Tim Clark and Tye Angland, received full-season licences at yesterday's meeting of the licensing committee, as did Weichong Marwing, who has been riding on a short-term ticket.

Mark du Plessis returns to New Zealand after making it clear he had not applied for next season due to family issues, while Austrian Andreas Suborics received a permit for the first half of the season, along with Fourie.

Italian Umberto Rispoli has been licensed for a mid-season stint from November 1 to March 31.

Fourie, 26, has been on the Club's target list for several years but had one of South Africa's top jobs as leading trainer Justin Snaith's stable rider.

Earlier this year, that relationship cooled, allowing Fourie a chance to advance his career elsewhere and he has the resume to ensure he will follow successfully in the footsteps of many of his compatriots, especially given the dearth of lightweight riders.

A former champion apprentice in the 2003-04 season, Fourie won the Western Cape championship four years ago and lies fourth on the national championship in South Africa this season.

The winner of more than 650 races, he has already won eight at the Group One level along with a number of lesser black type events, and Fourie rode 11 winners in a short stint overseas in Mauritius last year at his only previous overseas experience.

The other new name will be 10-pound claiming apprentice, Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin, 22, who returns with 22 wins from 344 rides training under top New Zealand handler, John Sargent. Lui has been allocated to Ricky Yiu Poon-fai.

All other local riders are as they were for this season, with Jacky Tong Chi-kit, the winner of just six races, receiving a warning regarding his poor performance.

John Moore (pictured) is the only trainer to have been granted permission to retain a stable jockey, but no rider has been named for that position at this stage.

Trainers were also considered by licensing, with no changes to personnel for next term announced, although Gary Ng Ting-keung, who is just short of the club's performance benchmarks, will be required to make a written explanation to the committee should he finish the season in that position.

Assistant trainers were announced for all but one of the active trainers, with only Sean Woods' assistant still to be named - that will take place later this month.